- 3 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- dash of salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Grape Must syrup
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/8 cup single malt bourbon or cognac
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Pre-heat your oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Measure out your flour and place aside as you move to the wet ingredients.
In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, add the sugar, grape must syrup, a dash of salt, the orange juice, olive oil, and blend on low for 1 min.
In a separate cup place in your baking soda and add the liquor to it, give it a stir and add it to the liquid ingredients in the stand mixer.
With the mixer on medium speed, slowly add the flour 1/2 cup at a time until a dough forms.
Turn the mixer off and scrape of any excess dough before forming the cookies.
To form the circular shape, take a small ball of dough on a cleaned surface and roll it out into a log shape with your fingers. Grab both ends of the log side and connecting them before transferring to the baking sheet.
Once all cookies are ready, bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack before storing.
These cookies hail from Greece and are a tradition during the lent season since they are vegan. No eggs, milk, butter, but somehow they manage to pack a ton of flavor. The color and flavor come from a grape must syrup ( I used this one from Italy). You will make it a lot easier on yourself if you purchase it online, if anyone can find it in your local grocery here in the USA, let me know, and you must live somewhere either really nice and full of immigrants, I want to join in on the party.
The dough will be quick sticky but malleable as the olive oil lends to you being able to make all sorts of shapes for the cookie. The traditional way of making them is a little circle that is a tad crunchy on the outside and the inside is soft like bread. Notes from the liqueur and orange juice blend nicely with the spices and combine together to form the perfect dunking cookie!